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12 indoor activities in Toronto to hide from the cold

Just because you want to hide from the weather doesn’t mean you have to stay in the confines of your own home! There are tons of rad indoor activities in Toronto that you can take part in while avoiding the gross winter weather.

From DIY workshops to underwater creatures, there are so many great ways to stay indoors this winter. Check out these 12 indoor activities in the city that will help you hide from the cold.

Play real life Mario Kart (without the banana peels) at 401 Mini Indy

Grab a helmet and fasten your seat belt, because you’ll want to take a spin at the 401 Mini Indy. This indoor spot has the fastest Go Karts in Toronto, so wait for the green light and floor it with your friends as you essentially play Mario Kart in real life. The indoor go-kart racing track features extra-wide lanes for some safe, but unbelievably exciting racing.

Laugh it up at a comedy bar

The gloomy, cold weather can really dampen the mood, so why not head to a comedy bar for a steady stream of laughs? When it’s just a little bit too chilly to enjoy the outdoors, head to a major comedy site like Yuk Yuk’s, Second City, or Absolute Comedy to escape the winter blues and have a fun time with pals.

Sharpen your ping pong skills at SPiN

SPiN’s owners, Jonathan Brickli, Andrew Gordon, and Franck Raharinosy wants to initiate human connection through ping pong – a game that they say transcends age, gender, and boundaries. Escape the cold at this Toronto bar where you can spend all night sharpening your ping pong skills.

Break a bunch of stuff at Battle Sports Inc.’s Rage Room

Take all of your frustration out at Battle Sports Inc.’s Rage Room, where you book a session full of smashing plates, fax machines, and more. For just $19.99, you’ll get suited up in protective gear select from your pick of rage weapons like baseball bats and crowbars, and select the rage-filled playlist of your choice. You don’t even have to clean up after!

Learn to DIY

There are tons of boutique DIY spots across the city that will teach you a new skill from making jewelry to learning pottery. Head to The Workroom where you can learn to make your own clothes at Toronto’s first Sew by the Hour Space. For just $7 you can claim a sewing machine and thread, and they even offer classes for clothes-making beginners.

Find your inner artist

Anyone from beginners to long-time painting connoisseurs are welcome at Paintlounge, where you can come in on a rainy (or sunny) day and use their supplies to paint whatever you’d like. There are even instructors at each location who will help you learn whatever painting techniques you’d like.

Get Gaming at The Rec Room

The Rec Room is a popular spot for kids and kids at heart with nearly 100 arcade games, live entertainment, and Canadian pub food. Half of the arcade is for adults, with billiards, a full-sized stage, a bar, and a projector playing sports games, but everyone is more than welcome to grab their drinks and head to “The Yard” half, which includes The Walking Dead Deluxe, Mario Kart, and VR system The Void.

Play some board games at Snakes and Lattes

Grab a latte or a glass of beer, some pals, and a board game and you’re set for a fun day indoors. Board game cafes have gotten really popular over the last few years, and Snakes and Lattes still sits among the top spots for a cozy afternoon or evening. With a library of over 1,000 games, you could spend years trying to get through every single one.

Use your smarts at an escape room

There are tons of escape rooms to choose from across the city. A particularly exciting one is Escape Casa Loma, which is actually located inside the famous Toronto castle. The storyline integrates characters that will make you step back in time, and even blends together fact and fiction. You could become the King of the Bootleggers in the 1920s, escape from the Tower in 1941, or discover the secret of Station M in the basement.

Visit an art gallery

As one of Canada’s major hubs for the arts, there are tons of amazing art galleries and museums across Toronto. From the Royal Ontario Museum to the Art Gallery of Ontario, there are so many different exhibits to choose from. The cold weather is a great excuse to cozy up inside while you satisfy your artistic eyes in one of our renowned galleries.

Get climbing at Boulderz Climbing Centre

If you want the feeling of being outside without having to deal with the harsh winter weather, head to Boulderz Climbing Centre where you can enjoy both roped climbing and bouldering whether you are a beginner or a professional climber. Bouldering is a great way to increase power and stamina, and learn the proper climbing technique so head to Boulderz to start scaling up some walls.

Hang out under the ocean at the aquarium

If you’re not sick of the wet rain and snow, dive right under the sea at Ripley’s Aquarium, where you can walk through expansive underwater tunnels and observation rooms. Enjoy the sea life, which includes thousands of underwater creatures from sharks to stingray.
Lead photo courtesy of Paintlounge.

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